It has emerged that Newcastle United are willing to offload contract rebel Demba Ba in the January transfer window, so they can finance a move for Marseille striker Loic Remy. Which has put Liverpool and Arsenal right in the hunt to land the star next month.

The Magpies have so far been unable to agree a new deal with the striker, and want to move him on early if they cannot convince him to stay so they can focus on bringing in a replacement.

They do not want a repeat of the Andy Carroll situation, which saw the England target-man sold to Liverpool on the final day of the January 2011 transfer window – too late for Newcastle to bring in anyone else.

Marseille hitman Loic Remy has re-emerged among the Magpies’ main candidates to come in this time around.

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The Geordies have made contact with Remy and Marseille about a possible move next month and are hopeful that a £10million deal can be struck.

Arsenal, also interested in Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, and Liverpool are the latest clubs linked with Ba, who will once again be available for a knockdown £7million because of a clause in his contract.

Ba, who has scored 10 times in 17 appearances this season, earns a basic wage of £35,000-a-week at St James’ Park, topped up with £25,000 appearance money. (Daily Mirror)

The brilliant Ba would be a great capture for either club if the rumours are true then they would have a quality player on their hands for a bargain price. And although they would struggle to offer him the king of wages that he wants, he is a proven goal-scorer and has established himself as one of the best in the Premier League. So they might succumb to his wishes and give him the package he is looking for.